Set partly in Calcutta, where I was born, LION is the riveting true story about a five-year-old Indian boy named Saroo, whose life turns upside down in 1986 after being separated from his idolized older brother and ends up a thousand miles from his home and family. It's a great cast, with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, but I can't agree more with Roger Ebert:
"What is truly amazing is that the lion’s share of the acting during this early stage is by a untrained newcomer, Mumbai native Sunny Pawar, who won the part after thousands of children were screen-tested. The kid is a natural, equal parts waif and rascal with an expressive face that perfectly reflects his state of mind from scene to scene while often not saying word. Nothing against Patel, who has grown immensely as a performer, but without the groundwork laid by little Sunny, “Lion’s ” onscreen roar would definitely be more than a bit muted."
Here's a look behind the scenes:
The true story behind the true story: Over 80,000 children go missing in India each year. LION is collaborating with extraordinary organizations to support children in India and around the world.
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Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad.